Some of the most exciting, memorable science fiction of the past few years has come out in the young-adult section. And then there are books like the much-hyped I Am Number Four, which is pretty forgettable. Spoilers ahead!
I Am Number Four is already being made into a movie by producer Michael Bay and director DJ Caruso. And it's easy to see why — the book reads like a novelization of an existing film. The characters feel like people you've seen in movies a thousand times, and the situations mostly feel pretty rote as well. Also, the book is written in a dull, exposition-heavy style, in which we're told the same piece of information over and over — mostly because the book acts like it doesn't believe in its own premise. The constant flood of exposition feels like the book is trying to convince itself that it makes sense.